「なでしこナビと湯けむりの夜」 (Nadeshiko Navi to Yukemuri no Yoru)
“A Night of Navigator Nadeshiko and Hot Spring Steam”
In Episode 09 of Yuru Camp, Nadeshiko takes on the role of Oracle as she tries to give Rin coordinates for hot spots around the Southern Alps of Kamiina to make up for her illness putting their local bonding trip on-hold. But Rin finds out that navigating around the Alps is tougher than it looks with road-blocks that restrict vehicles to protect the environment, the amount of tourist attractions in the area, and the warning signs about bears surrounding the mountains.
As Chiaki moves in to hijack Nadeshiko’s transmission, she’s directed to multiple places between Ina and Komagane from the Mushroom Kingdom to Senjoujiki Curl. Rin eventually settles with the Kouzenji doggy temple that celebrates the legend of Hayatarou through statues and expensive gifts. It was nice how Rin was interested in incorporating Nadeshiko into her solo trip by welcoming her guidance since it marks a change of pace for Rin’s general interest in discovering places on her own.
The episode also gave ample time for Chiaki to get some room for growth as she “helps” Nadeshiko while she recovers. Her inclusion in the chat does open things up for Rin to be in the company of campers outside of Nadeshiko, but Chiaki’s greatest accomplishment was attempting to cook for Nadeshiko’s entire family. It was the first time we saw her dad and mom, the latter of which looks similar to Nadeshiko’s sister Sakura. However, the possibility of wowing everyone by cooking Houtou, a regional dish from Chiaki’s hometown of Yamanashi, could only come from the help of a professional chef’s video demonstration.
Despite it being someone else’s recipe, it offers up the possibility of Chiaki getting more into cooking, especially with her new cookware and her interest in campfire cooking through Rin’s grandfather’s skillet steak. Although Nadeshiko’s recommendation for Rin to get Komagane Sauce Katsudon won out over the Ina specialty Lo Mein, you still did great, Chiaki.
It wasn’t just them that got some decent exposure though as the other side characters were able to get some time for themselves. Although Aoi wasn’t able to make it to Nadeshiko’s place, we got to see her small twin sister, and have the promise of seeing more of her soon enough. The most significant development comes from Ena, who officially decided to join everyone on a Christmas camping trip. She also gets a cute section at the end of the episode where she takes the opportunity to fashion Rin’s hair yet again into a funny shape; this time, as a pagoda. It’ll be exciting to look forward to the Christmas vacation now that it might just be the first time everyone is all together at once.